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To keep poor students in school, provide social services

Children living in poverty are by far the most likely to be chronically absent from school. The key to helping solve this problem is to put dedicated social-service specialists in every low-performing, high-poverty school. It is low-cost way of avoiding bigger problems down the road.

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Schools should focus on teaching children to read

Nevertheless, one thing remains the same: If children have not been taught to read by third grade, they will pretty much hate school forever.

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Virtual schools plan raises troubling questions

The local funding is one concern about virtual charter schools: Although virtual schools obviously don’t require transportation funding or much in the way of building maintenance, they nonetheless receive a portion of that funding.

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ACT test results back up need for education reform

It doesn’t really matter if you can pass a test given by the teacher in a chemistry class, if the test itself doesn’t measure what is considered basic knowledge.

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U.S. business depends on solid STEM education

How can we move our students from simply being “good enough” to make it to the next step, to a level of excellence that allows them to fully compete in a global economy?

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U.S. Department of Education projects public schools will be ‘majority-minority’ this fall

It’s not certain that minorities will become the majority this fall in the nation’s classrooms because government enrollment data — as opposed to enrollment projections — won’t be available for a few years. Altered projections can throw off landmark demographic moments.

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Michigan reform plan isn't an attack on charters

The Michigan Board of Education has issued common-sense recommendations to increase accountability and transparency among charter schools. The legislature needs to make sure all state-supported schools are providing educational quality and are subject to the same rules. Those should be the only criteria discussed when we talk about education in Michigan, no matter what form of governance a school has.

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Wavier gives Kentucky public schools flexibility

The U.S. Department of Education has again rightfully approved Kentucky’s request for a one-year extension of its Elementary and Secondary Education Act flexibility waiver (ESEA). But far too many students graduate high school unprepared for either college or the workforce. Until that number is greatly reduced, both the Kentucky Education Reform Act and ESEA will far fall short of their ambitious goals.

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New poll finds declining confidence in education policies

The American public has sharpened its belief that the federal government should not play a dominant role in public education, with a majority saying they do not support initiatives that they believe were created or promoted by federal policymakers, the PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools shows.

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Schools need adequate reserves

Many Pennsylvania school districts have begun to cannibalize their long-term reserve funds to balance their operating budgets — a short-term fix that can only lead to more long-term problems. The situation illustrates further that the state government pays an inadequate share of public school funding.

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